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Tottenham will reach the Premier League top 4 ahead of Arsenal

Tottenham beat Arsenal 3-0 in Thursday's crucial north London derby; Harry Kane scored two goals, Heung-Min Son the third; Rob Holding was sent off early; Spurs have closed the gap to Arsenal to just one point in the Champions League race (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamIn the latest Gary Neville Podcast, the Sky Sports pundit says he would bet money on Tottenham reaching the top four over Arsenal after a big derby win in north London. A win for Mikel Arteta's side on Thursday would have seen them secure Champions League football against their closest rivals, but some hasty decisions early on ultimately cost them the game. Cedric Soares' foul on Heung-Min Son in the penalty area ensured Harry Kane converted from the penalty spot. The Spurs forward scored his second goal after Rob Holding was sent off for two yellow cards. Son added a Tottenham third just after the break and brought the hosts within a point of Arsenal with two Premier League games left and fourth place was very up for grabs. Reflecting on the game, Neville described it as one of the best atmospheres he's commented on at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - and gave his prediction of who will finish fourth. At this point Arsenal withered. "Once you created that carnival atmosphere on a site like this, and I think it's fair to call it a hostile and violent atmosphere, tonight was a trial. I always felt this was going to be a special game because of what's written on it, why it was canceled earlier in the season and then what's at stake. You never want to create a cliff edge, you want Champions League -Football or no Champions League football for Arteta and Conte, just not an option for Tottenham and Arsenal from an economic point of view. Then you have the way the game was canceled earlier in the season... It was all a bit messy. "So a little bit of needle came into this game on three fronts... and it's a Thursday night game that's only adding to that. The atmosphere here was red hot and it came down to Arsenal and these young players. They looked mentally weaker in that 10-35 minute period of the game, it just came to them. "You'd want Tottenham's games - Burnley home and Norwich away. Newcastle away [for Arsenal] on Monday night football, that's going to be really tough, especially if Spurs won on Sunday...Everton at home last day if Everton points then they have two really tough games."I think Tottenham will beat Burnley and Arsenal need to win their last two games - but I'm not sure they will. Tonight was a really big blow - I might." I'm wrong and I'm neutral between those two clubs - but I now feel that if I had to spend money on it, it would go to Tottenham." Neville also addressed a number of other big talking points from the game on his latest podcast... "It's a big moment for Mikel Arteta. I know that he [Arteta] will take the job and will be well paid for it. But how he's seen depends on how he's sent off tonight and then what happens in Newcastle on Monday.” It pretty much shapes his career and determines whether he's a success or not, but I think Mikel Arteta did a very good job for Arsenal . A place in the Champions League would mean he's won the FA Cup and put them in the top four - he's starting to build a successful CV. If he doesn't make the top 4 and Conte does, it will weigh on him a bit. "I think he has a long career in the game so it won't depend on what happens on Monday. But those steps up the ladder and those catch-ups that it takes to be a manager and those little lucky charms… . “The big deciding factor was Holding's red card, but it hampered the game a bit. It's disappointing in a way because it would have been great to see Arsenal with 11 men trying to come back from being down 2-0 at half-time or even down 1-0. "It affected the game a little bit, it slowed it down because the first 20 or 25 minutes were really fascinating and had a lot of that. "I was looking at Son's run [before the red card], I always look at those inside runs the striker to see what's coming, especially when there's a ball there... I think if he leans then he's ok and he doesn't get booked. But I think there's a bit of elbowing in there, and the VAR reps we saw straight away just confirmed that. "It was absolute madness from Holding, it really was, and I blame Son. Sometimes when you're playing against a world-class player and you get yourself into that state where you're like, 'I have to do this, I'm got mark him', you've probably watched too many of his videos. You saw him play against Liverpool last week and you're thinking about how to deal with him. "The worst part for me was when you're playing against a player faster than you, people tell you to stop. So you do it and then he's good enough to smack you with the ball at his feet hitting and going both ways and when you've got a real top player only the very best can do that."He's absolutely outstanding, we mentioned he doesn't get the credit and I think that's what came to Holding's mind .So I have some sympathy for him, it's just sometimes you play against a great player and it just gets better from you."I've given away penalties, I've been sent off, I've done what Holding Two - or has done three times in my career. “He can do it after that but then it's a waste of time because the ball has passed you but it's the point where you bump the striker so it looks like you're trying to play the ball at the same time. He really got it wrong, his timing. "It's hasty, it's a lack of composure and a bit of panic. Maybe he didn't read the trajectory of the ball – sometimes you think the striker is going to get there, so you panic a bit. I felt for him, but it lacked composure and something started to happen on the right."I think it was the mix of Holding and Cedric who were very nervous because Son was running after them or had him turn around and run at them...I think it." probably contributed to that nervousness and fear that those moments caused in the first part of the game." What happens to Conte at the end of the season? Tonight there won't be many clubs in Europe for Conte to go to. That is at the moment the league i criticized this league four or five years ago when they could underperform in europe but this is a great league at the moment with great managers i think you want ei here n Be a manager to present yourself. "Actually, what he saw tonight was very special. In fact, what he saw tonight was very special. I've never seen that atmosphere in a stadium in this country this season. And I think , that was one of the highest standards." Premier Leagues I've seen, if not the highest, that's a pretty high compliment." I think it was great for Conte tonight. Champions League? No problem, he stays. The only problem is that he wants to be in the Champions League, he has to be in the Champions League. So I think it's a big night. But regardless of whether they get to the Champions League, it must have an impact on Conte. "These players out there are going to see something building when they get into this Champions League. It's going to do incredible things for Spurs. Arsenal are looking more fragile. In the last week of the season you want that reliability. "I know, that Arsenal it has this point [advantage]. If they win the two games, if they go to Newcastle and win and then beat Everton on the last day of the season, then brilliant from Arsenal. Mikel Arteta has done a great job this season. But I think it's tough.” “Harry Kane had a touch in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game tonight. I think the eager, immature center forward does what the opponent wants him to do and starts to drift wide or fall deep. Hold your position between the two middle halves. Stay here. At some point the moment will come. He could have started moving, going wide to get the ball and interfering in the game, but he didn't. But eventually the game started to get to him. Earlier in the season there was this feeling that his time was up, he wasn't happy, his form was gone, what happened to Harry Kane? "Sometimes it can be a bit embarrassing when you think back to the conversations you had about the same player six months ago. He's the only person I've ever seen quite like Shearer.” Tonight, what we saw, I thought his performance at Anfield last week was special. It's difficult to play well against Van Dijk's back four, that pushing midfield, that aggressive small pitch, that Anfield atmosphere, which made the game. It was very special for him to do what he did at Anfield last week, it was a pinnacle performance from a centre-forward and he did it again here tonight."

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I would bet on Tottenham finishing in the top four against Arsenal

In the latest Gary Neville Podcast, the Sky Sports pundit says he would bet money on Spurs reaching the top four over Arsenal after a big derby win in north London. (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamGary Neville gave his verdict on Thursday's north London derby, which Tottenham won 3-0. A win for Mikel Arteta's side on Thursday would have seen them secure Champions League football against their closest rivals, but some hasty decisions early on ultimately cost them the game. Cedric Soares' foul on Heung-Min Son in the penalty area ensured Harry Kane converted from the penalty spot. The Spurs forward scored his second goal after Rob Holding was sent off for two yellow cards. Son added a Tottenham third just after the break and brought the hosts within a point of Arsenal with two Premier League games left and fourth place was very up for grabs. Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal match report and highlights Get Sky Sports | Live football on Sky SportsDownload the Sky Sports app. Reflecting on the game, Neville described it as one of the best atmospheres he's commented on at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - and gave his prediction of who will finish fourth. At this point Arsenal withered. "Once you created that carnival atmosphere on a site like this, and I think it's fair to call it a hostile and violent atmosphere, tonight was a trial. I always felt this was going to be a special game because of what's written on it, why it was canceled earlier in the season and then what's at stake. You never want to create a cliff edge, you want Champions League -Football or no Champions League football for Arteta and Conte, just not an option for Tottenham and Arsenal from an economic point of view. Then you have the way the game was canceled earlier in the season... It was all a bit messy. "So there was a little bit of needle coming into that game on three fronts... and it's a Thursday night game, that just adds to that. The atmosphere here was red hot and it came down to Arsenal and these young players. They looked mentally weaker in that period of the game from 10 minutes to 35 minutes, it was just about them. Mikel Arteta: Ref 'destroyed a beautiful game' | Antonio Conte: He complains too much "You'd want Tottenham's games - Burnley home and Norwich away. Newcastle away [for Arsenal] on Monday night Football, it's going to be really tough, especially when Spurs won on Sunday...Everton on last day at home if Everton need points then they have two really tough games."I think Tottenham will beat Burnley and Arsenal need to win their last two games - but I'm not sure they will. Tonight was a really big blow - I could be wrong and I'm neutral between those two clubs - but I now feel like if I had to spend money on it it would go to Tottenham." Neville also addressed a number of other big talking points from the game on his latest podcast... "Big moment for Arteta - it could shape his career" "It's a big moment for Mikel Arteta. I know that he [Arteta ] will take the job and he will be paid well for it. But how he is viewed will depend on how he is sacked tonight and then what happens in Newcastle on Monday. "It almost shapes his career and decides whether he's successful or not. But I think Mikel Arteta has done a very good job for Arsenal. A place in the Champions League would mean he won the FA Cup and they lost brought the top four - he's starting to build a successful resume. If he doesn't make the top four and Conte does, it's going to weigh on him a bit."I think he's had a long career in the game so it will don't depend on what happens on Monday But those steps up the ladder and those catch-ups that you need to be a manager and those little good luck charms... Red card save, Cedric penalty "The deciding factor was the red card for the save, but she detracted from the game a bit.It's disappointing in a way because it would have been great to see Arsenal with 11 men trying to come from a 2-0 deficit at half-time or even a 1-0 deficit to come back "It affected the game a little bit, it slowed it down because the first 20 or 25 minutes were really fascinating and had a lot of that. "I was looking at Son's run [before the red card], I always look at those inside runs the striker to see what's coming, especially when there's a ball there... I think if he leans then he's ok and he doesn't get booked. But I think there's a bit of elbowing in there, and the VAR reps we saw straight away just confirmed that. "It was absolute madness from Holding, it really was, and I blame Son. Sometimes when you're playing against a world-class player and you get yourself into that state where you're like, 'I have to do this, I'm got mark him', you've probably watched too many of his videos. You saw him play against Liverpool last week and you're thinking about how to deal with him. "The worst part for me was when you're playing against a player faster than you, people tell you to stop. So you do it and then he's good enough to smack you with the ball at his feet hitting and going both ways and when you've got a real top player only the very best can do that."He's absolutely outstanding, we mentioned he doesn't get the credit and I think that's what came to Holding's mind .So I have some sympathy for him, it's just sometimes you play against a great player and it just gets better from you."I've given away penalties, I've been sent off, I've done what Holding Two - or has done three times in my career. “He can do it after that but then it's a waste of time because the ball has passed you but it's the point where you bump the striker so it looks like you're trying to play the ball at the same time. He really got it wrong, his timing. "It's hasty, it's a lack of composure and a bit of panic. Maybe he didn't read the trajectory of the ball – sometimes you think the striker is going to get there, so you panic a bit. I felt for him, but it lacked composure and something started to happen on the right."I think it was the mix of Holding and Cedric who were very nervous because Son was running after them or had him turn around and run at them...I think it." probably contributed to that nervousness and fear that those moments caused in the first part "No problem for Conte to stay in the Champions League" "What happens to Conte at the end of the season? There won't be many clubs in Europe for Conte to go tonight. This is the league at the moment. I criticized this league four or five years ago when they were underperforming in Europe, but this is a great league at the moment with great managers. I think you want to be a manager here to showcase yourself. "Actually, what he saw tonight was very special. In fact, what he saw tonight was very special. I've never seen that atmosphere in a stadium in this country this season. And I think , that was one of the highest standards." Premier Leagues I've seen, if not the highest, that's a pretty high compliment." I think it was great for Conte tonight. Champions League? So I think it's a big night. But regardless of whether they get to the Champions League, it must have an impact on Conte. "These players out there are going to see something building when they get into this Champions League. It's going to do incredible things for Spurs. Arsenal are looking more fragile. In the last week of the season you want that reliability. "I know, that Arsenal it has this point [advantage]. If they win the two games, if they go to Newcastle and win and then beat Everton on the last day of the season, then brilliant from Arsenal. Mikel Arteta has done a great job this season. But I think it's tough.” “Kane's the only person I've ever seen like Shearer” “Harry Kane had a touch in the first 15 or 20 minutes of the game tonight. I think the eager, immature center forward does what the opponent wants him to do and starts to drift wide or fall deep. Hold your position between the two middle halves. At some point the moment will come. He could have started moving, going wide to get the ball and interfering in the game, but he didn't. But eventually the game started to get to him. Earlier in the season there was this feeling that his time was up, he wasn't happy, his form was gone, what happened to Harry Kane? "Sometimes it can be a bit embarrassing when you think back to the conversations you had about the same player six months ago. But I always said this is gold, Harry Kane. He's the only person I've ever seen who's like that Shearer: “From what we saw tonight I thought his performance at Anfield last week was special. It's difficult to play well against Van Dijk's back four, that pushing midfield, that aggressive small pitch, that Anfield atmosphere, which made the game. What he did at Anfield last week was very special for him, it was a pinnacle performance from a centre-forward and he did it again here tonight." Gary Neville also had great praise for Harry Kane

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Arsenal's leadership problems have been exposed by Tottenham and could cost them a Champions League spot

The Gunners control their destiny in the Champions League but a lack of experienced experience from Mikel Arteta and his players could yet defeat them. (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamLONDON - The only good news for Arsenal after their humiliating 3-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby was that Champions League qualification remains in the hands of Mikel Arteta, despite scenes of celebration among home fans at the end of the game and his squad.- Which Premier League teams are scheduled for European competition? - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, More Get Instant AccessIt probably didn't feel like it as Gunners captain Martin Odegaard led his humble teammates to their supporters to offer an apologetic thank you to those who stayed up stayed at the end, but the math is clear – if Arsenal win their last two games away against Newcastle United on Monday and at home to Everton six days later, the Emirates Stadium will become Champions League again next season for the first time since 2017 - Hosting football regardless of what Spurs are doing their home final against Burnley and the final game at Norwich City. "The disappointment shouldn't ruin the great chance of the two games we have ahead of us," said Arteta after Thursday's defeat. "We can't wait to play on Monday, that's how I feel, and that's all I have to say." But if Arsenal are to beat Spurs to the finish line in the fourth-place race, they'll have to endure an ordeal and character to achieve their goal and we still don't know if this Arsenal side has the qualities to do so. And with centre-back Rob Holding set to miss the game against Newcastle through suspension after being sent off for two yellow cards - both for fouling Son Heung-min - and Gabriel almost certain to be sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained in the final need phases against the Spurs, Arsenal has crucial defensive problems to solve. The Arsenal manager can field Granit Xhaka in the middle and hope Ben White's hamstring injury has recovered sufficiently for him to start at Newcastle. The former Brighton defender was benched at Spurs but Arteta chose not to risk his fitness as the game was lost at half-time. But while Arteta can reshuffle his team, this season's results suggest he will travel to St James' Park, unaware of whether his players will rise to the challenge against Newcastle and then Everton. Will they do what they have done at Chelsea and West Ham United in recent weeks by responding to the pressure with a confident, attacking performance that delivers three points, or will they return to the panicked side, the last lost back-to-back games against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton this month? That question, in short, has been Arsenal's problem for too long and dates back to Arteta's arrival as manager following the sacking of Unai Emery in December 2019. Those three defeats to Palace, Brighton and Southampton - games Arsenal should have won - could yet see them missing out on Champions League football once again. Odegaard's selection as captain in recent weeks, with first-choice captain Alexandre Lacazette not in the starting XI, underscores the apparent flaws on Arteta's side - a lack of seasoned experience in key areas. Arsenal are still missing one or more players who sense danger in games and know when to adjust the pace to their own goals. The Norway international is a very good player, someone who will be a central figure in Arsenal's future, but he doesn't yet have the experience to lead a club like Arsenal. Still, Arteta will have looked around his squad and realized he had few other options for the captaincy and that was confirmed during the performance against Spurs, where the likes of Holding, Gabriel Martinelli, Cedric Soares, Bukayo Saka and Odegaard all featured wiser, older heads needed more top-level experience to guide them through a difficult experience against a team far behind. In contrast, Spurs were packed with players who had been playing at the highest level for years - Son, Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Eric Dier all showing their experience in the game, while coach Antonio Conte was also in the game a lot more Proximity as Arteta. Arsenal's problem isn't unique - Manchester United are another big club struggling to find the right characters to weld the team together - but Arteta hail as a promising group of up-and-coming players who just need some on-pitch guidance to help to get the club back to where it belongs. But missing out on Europe's top club competition could send Arsenal through their vicious cycle for another spin. It would deny them the opportunity to recruit top players with Champions League funds - a potential move for City's Gabriel Jesus could be met if they end up in the Europa League - while players like Saka and Martinelli attracted interest from players like Saka and Martinelli could awaken Liverpool and City who could offer elite-level football and the financial boost that comes with it. So it's a big week for Arsenal. They are in a better position than a year ago when they finished eighth and missed out on the European Cup, but a Champions League return is now their top priority after defeat at Spurs.

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Arsenal risk wasting Mikel Arteta's advance as Tottenham reveal fallibility

The Gunners remain in control to secure Champions League football next season but a heavy defeat in the north London derby brings fresh uncertainty (Author: Gardener)

ArtetaIt was in the 19th minute, as the Tottenham Hotspur defender took their first steps into the Arsenal half, that the home support finally breathed out. With Aaron Ramsdale using the game's second touch to penetrate deep into Spurs' left-back area like a half-drift that kicked for territory, the hosts had been crammed back into their own box. Arsenal stepped up immediately, their deepest outfielder dusting his boots with the white of the center line. Eddie Nketiah had his Touches in the Box column ticking by the second minute. By the fifth minute, Spurs fans were already rushing at their side as back and forth passes in defense meant little progress and ample opportunity for Arsenal to win back the ball in dangerous positions. When Spurs were finally able to make their own headway through independent runs from Dejan Kulusevski and then Son Heung-min, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez emerged like animals emerging from hibernation. Eyes recalibrating to the brighter lights, wary of further danger that might cause them to retreat. This felt more like a game break than a change in dynamic. Of Arsenal catching their breath before even more white shirts were rushed and rushed, looking to the whole world as if the opportunity were about to overwhelm them. Those 19 minutes are now obsolete, undone by the following 28 minutes in which Arsenal not only allowed Spurs to hit their foundations but even had a few sledgehammers of their own. A game that could have once again confirmed their Champions League status is now a reminder of their fallibility. Son Heung-min celebrates 3-0 to Tottenham (Getty) What can Arsenal learn from defeat: don't you throw yourself in the back of an opposing man in the penalty area? Do you call a defender when there's no one behind him so he can avoid giving away a corner? Cedric Soares, Rob Holding and Takehiro Tomiyasu can all feel personally guilty about Tuesday night's result, especially Holding whose stupidity belied all the talk about him as a leader. There's still trust in the process, but a little less in the players now. With the score 2-0 and one man down at half-time, the game was over. And yet Arsenal emerged even more exhausted than before, as if the 15 minutes had only made their nervousness worse. Any one of five players should have eliminated the hazard or forcefully blocked Son's strike, which deflected past Ramsdale in the 47th minute. And so began a daunting endeavor for these red-and-white shirts as their corner followers snuck back home one by one. If there's ever a time in football where you can absolutely speak up, it's here, in a north London derby to decide fourth place, with two games to go. Arsenal are still in the lead, leading their rivals by a point and knowing two wins will see them through the finish line. But suddenly Newcastle next Monday and Everton on the last day of the season look like accidents waiting to happen. Similarly, the credit Spurs deserve for an emphatic victory must be limited by how it was achieved. In a way, the most important thing after the points was second-half swagger. A belief fueled by the remaining games against relegation-prone Burnley and subsequent relegation of Norwich City as well as that they have likely inflicted some scars on this Arsenal side. A result, even as bad as this, doesn't negate Arteta's work with this precocious young squad. But it increases the importance of those last few days of the season. If it doesn't work out in Champions League football after battling for a place in the top four in April, that would be a culprit. Being in the exact same place next season as we started this season could be disastrous given the progress.

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Spurs overwhelm 10-man Gunners in north London derby to ignite top-four bid

Free highlights and coverage of Harry Kanes double and Heung-Min Sons 21st see Tottenham inflict 10-man arsenal in a tough derby defeat in north London; Rob Holding embodies Gunners' portrayal of thoughtless dismissal as Spurs take Arsenal's lead to a point with two points to play (Author: Gardener)

LondonTottenham overwhelmed the 10-man Arsenal to reignite their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 win in a breathless 191st derby in north London. Arsenal withered and then imploded in a night of drama and suspense at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Cedric Soares' 22nd-minute drive on Heung-Min Son gave Harry Kane the penalty which he converted to give Spurs the lead. The Gunners, cowed by the atmosphere and the occasion, were reduced to 10 men when Rob Holding received his marching orders for a mindless barge on Son, 33, and it took Spurs just four minutes to hammer their advantage home when Kane bent to enter his second. Any prospect of an Arsenal comeback was snuffed out when Son fired in a third and his 21st of the season 70 seconds into the second half as fifth-placed Spurs clinched an all-out win to narrow fourth-placed Arsenal's advantage in the race to end a top 4 result to a point with two games to play. Qualifying for the Champions League is still in Arsenal's hands but the damaging nature of this north London derby collapse and a less favorable run-in will once again lead Tottenham to believe they will finish ahead of the Gunners in the top four. The North London derby was a powder keg waiting to be ignited and after an encouraging start from Arsenal, the spark for Spurs struck mid-half. Cedric's nudge prevented Son from reaching Dejan Kulusevski's deep cross, leaving referee Paul Tierney no choice but to point where Kane scored for the 13th time of the game. Cedric's awkward conceding the penalty was staged in absurd circumstances when Holding recklessly collided with Son off the ball and picked up his second yellow card of the game, giving Arsenal almost an hour to clear the 10-man one-goal deficit. Tottenham used the man advantage to the full, Kane dodged Takehiro Tomiyasu and headed in his second within four minutes of Holding's sending off, and Spurs ensured they maintained a firm grip on the competition until the break when Hugo Lloris Eddie Nketiah's curling attempt tipped the bar. Two quickly became three when the ball broke for Son in the Arsenal area after Gabriel's sliding attack on Kane and the South Korean dispatched Spurs' third in the second minute of the second half. Arsenal were indebted to Aaron Ramsdale for preventing further embarrassment with great saves to parry Emerson Royal's header and Kane's evasive long-range shot, but that was little consolation for the Gunners, who had to scramble to avoid theirs North London rivals added the coveted prize of all - Champions League qualification - to this derby triumph before the season is over. Rob Holding has at times enjoyed his role as Arsenal's finisher this season, moving off the bench to secure victories over Wolves, Watford, Aston Villa and Manchester United. The centre-back had already fouled Heung-Min Son twice before even going in the book. Smiling at the Spurs man you would have thought he was enjoying the fight but instead he got caught up in it. Oh my god," said Neville, on co-commentator for Sky Sports. “I'm watching the run and I think he's elbowed. He says it's a shoulder, but it's madness from holding. Holding is 26 and has half a dozen seasons in the Premier League but that was the behavior of a player lost in the moment and showing immaturity when a cool head was called for. "Son played holding like a little boy," Neville said. Arsenal know what they have to do. If they go to Newcastle and win and then beat Everton, they get the Champions League. Spurs on the other hand obviously have much better games, they prefer to play Burnley at home and then Norwich away, Norwich are already down. Of course you'd rather have Spurs games but I wouldn't mind being in Arsenal's shoes because you know what you have to do. “But the other problem Arsenal have, and it's really difficult, is injuries. It looks like Gabriel has an injury. You obviously don't have a Rob Holding. It's all up for grabs and Newcastle will be a really tough game for Arsenal. They have to get back up somehow and I didn't like the way they played tonight. It was like the opportunity had come to them." Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta to Sky Sports: "If I say what I think, I'll be banned for six months. I don't know how to lie, so I'll say it I'd rather not what I think. I can't say what I think. I want the referees to come in front of the camera and explain their decisions. It's a shame because such a beautiful game was destroyed today. The referee has to make a decision in football "If you lose a football game under the conditions, we lost them, that is painful. We have two games each to play. We showed in that game from the start." * Spurs have won three straight home league games against Arsenal for the first time since August 1961, the first time the Gunners have played in a Premier -League Sp are down by more than two goals against them.* Spurs have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League games against Arsenal when they were below them in the table (S5 D5 ), under Tim Sherwood in March 2014 lost 0-1. Indeed, Spurs are now unbeaten in their last six Premier League games against Arsenal and sit behind them in the table (W3 D3). * In charge since Antonio Conte's first Premier League game Only Manchester City (69) and Liverpool (64) have picked up more points in this competition than Spurs (50) and only those two sides have scored more league goals than the side in that span by Conte (54). Spurs forward Harry Kane – who is already the all-time top scorer in games between Spurs and Arsenal (13) – has now scored 41 goals in London derbies in the Premier League; Only Thierry Henry (43) has scored more in games like this. Kane was directly involved in 52 goals in London derby games in the Premier League (41 goals, 11 assists) and overtook Frank Lampard (50) with his brace. Only Thierry Henry (55) now has more combined goals and assists than Kane in this game in Premier League history.

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Jesus and Abraham at the latest before the Tottenham game

Arsenal transfer news is thick and fast ahead of the summer transfer window and Mikel Arteta is set to go all out for a new striker following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Author: Gardener)

AbrahamArsenal transfer news is thick and fast ahead of the summer transfer window, with Mikel Arteta set to go all out for a new striker following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal are again set to provide significant support for Mikel Arteta in the summer transfer window, with the Gunners expected to sign a host of new players. The north Londoners are closing in on Champions League qualification and securing their place in the competition if they beat Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gone and Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah almost out of contract, whatever his status in Europe, Arsenal must sign a new striker who is popular with a host of big names. Tammy Abraham has been tipped for a sensational Premier League return with Arsenal after a tumultuous first season under Jose Mourinho at Roma. Follow the latest news with Mirror Football... The half-time break couldn't come soon enough for Arsenal but things only got worse after the restart. Just two minutes into the second half, Heung-Min Son's efforts were rewarded with a goal to make it 3-0 by unorthodoxly pushing the ball past Aaron Ramsdale. Arteta appears to have accepted defeat by not risking Ben White as he was not deemed fit enough for the game by leaving him on the bench rather than making a substitution. Arsenal have had a nightmare start to the north London derby down, with Mikel Arteta's side down to ten men and 2-0 after just 40 minutes.Rob Holding saw red for two yellow cards after losing his cool and Harry Kane's double gave Tottenham a comfortable lead. It's all about Tottenham at the moment and Arsenal need a miracle if they are to secure Champions League football tonight. Arsenal youngster Folarin Balogun has sent a farewell message to Middlesbrough fans following his loan from the club. The 20-year-old has scored three and assisted three in 18 league games for the club but whether he's done enough to warrant a regular spot in Arsenal's side remains to be seen. Following his loan, Balogun wrote on Twitter: "Unfortunately we missed our goals but Middlesbrough are a great club who will get where they belong. "Thanks to my teammates and fans who have always welcomed me." in the long run. The Frenchman has impressed in Ligue 1 this season, making 51 appearances in all competitions for the club and helping them finish second in the table. He said: "I hope there is a pos possibility for us to keep a player like him [Saliba] who knows the team. I don't know the possibilities in this case, told him to consider being 'heroic' and snub Arsenal. Kody Gakpo has been linked with a move to north London this summer - be it Arsenal or Tottenham. year-olds to consider being a hero and staying at PSV. Perez told Voetbal Primeur: "If Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur offer what they can offer, then Gakpo would be very heroic and say, 'No, I'm staying at PSV to win'. He's been fantastic over the past few weeks. In the cup final against Feyenoord, in those games players from foreign clubs are judged." After Arsenal failed to sign Dusan Vlahovic in January, it quickly became apparent that it was Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was another transfer target. But their chances of the Landing England internationals became a hammer blow as Newcastle prepare a bid for the striker, says The Telegraph And to make matters worse for the north London team, the Magpies were encouraged to believe Calvert-Lewin keen to move before the start of next season.The 25-year-old has scored just three goals in 14 games this term despite ending his season from injury en was riddled and the Toffees struggled all along - they're just three points above the relegation zone with two games left. Mikel Arteta has been vocal about how he would like forward Eddie Nketiah to sign a contract extension at Arsenal and stay at the club. However, Newcastle may have thwarted any negotiations as they have shortlisted the 22-year-old as a potential target, according to The Telegraph g Alexandre Lacazette regularly in the starting XI. But the forward may not be entirely convinced he'll have those regular opportunities next season as Arteta is keen to sign reinforcements in the last third. Therefore, the opportunity to lead an exciting project at St James' Park could prove compelling. Despite reports that Arsenal are ready to shell out big bucks to secure the signing of Nigeria international Victor Osimhen, they have yet to convince the striker to move to the Emirates Stadium. Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss, the 23-year-old said: "(Luciano) Spalletti is a top manager and together with his staff they have really helped me to improve my movement. I hope to be able to continue on this path with the manager in the years to come." If Osimhen is a man of his word, Mikel Arteta and his team will be forced to reconsider their plans for the summer transfer window secret that Arsenal this summer is on the lookout for new players and according to Italian reports, Bologna director of football Riccardo Bigon recently traveled to England to meet with the Gunners about Aaron Hickey's future, but Corriere dello Sport also claim Bigon made the trip to to talk about two other players - namely Mattias Svanberg and Jerdy Schouten - and even met the Gunners' high-profile rivals Brentford.Bologna do appear keen on doing business this summer and it's believed that this recent voyage was to test the waters. Raheem Sterling is ready to discuss the potential of a Manchester City exit despite putting his club on the brink of the Premier League title. But while Arsenal have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old, The Athletic report the Gunners are "not currently" in the frame to sign him. Sterling is set to discuss his future with City bosses after England's summer internationals, with a new deal a possibility. If not, he will leave Manchester but the winger himself "expects" to join one of Europe's most successful clubs, rather than the Gunners. Arsenal could be set for an unexpected cash injection this summer as West Ham eye a move for Konstantinos Mavropanos. But BILD reports the Hammers have now 'expressed their interest' and are eyeing a £17million move this summer. Although Mavropanos "sees a future" in Stuttgart, he will leave if a top club comes in for him or if the Reds are relegated from the Bundesliga on the last matchday. Not wanting to play in Germany's second division, Mavropanos opens the door for the Hammers.Gunners ready to break the bank for OsimhenArsenal are reportedly ready to blow any competition out of the water if they try to land Napoli star Victor to oblige Osimhen. Osimhen played for the Serie A side that season, scoring 17 goals in 30 games in all competitions. He is widely regarded as a rising star after helping Napoli to a top-four finish in Serie A. And according to Il Mattino, the Gunners are willing to pay a staggering £90million to beat rivals from Tottenham and Manchester United to sign him. Napoli have insisted no offer has yet come but it seems the Nigeria international is one of Arsenal's top targets as they try to solve their striker problem. PSV Eindhoven boss Roger Schmidt has admitted Cody Gakpo can make his own decision about his future and 'will certainly leave one day' given Arsenal interest. The 23-year-old forward has recorded 21 goals and 13 assists in 45 games this season and has been pursued by Arsenal, Liverpool, Barcelona, ​​Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. After being heavily linked with a move in January, he eventually signed a new one-year extension until 2026 but PSV are said to be open to a sale this summer. “Cody is a fantastic player. Now he has to make the decisions himself.” Cody Gakpo appeared to say goodbye to PSV fans on Wednesday. Nketiah is in great form but as things stand will go on a free transfer on July 1 with West Ham clubs vying for his signature. "He has to stay!" Petit told the Metro. He asked for more playing time and he took responsibility on the pitch and he scored important goals , [Emile] Smith Rowe and [Bukayo] Saka that would be a very good thing for him and for Arsenal but I definitely want that he stays at Arsenal. “Roma has hinted at the future of coveted striker Tammy Abraham amid Arsenal links. The Italy team today unveiled their new kit for the 2022-23 season. He was pictured alongside Nicolo Zaniolo, captain Lorenzo Pellegrini and Roger Ibanez in the promotional material, possibly suggesting Roma have no plans to sell the England striker. Tammy Abraham has been linked with Arsenal. West Ham are reportedly confident of signing Aston Villa striker - and Arsenal target - Ollie Watkins this summer. The Daily Mail report the Hammers are set to make a move for Watkins, with Villa aiming to make a "significant profit" on the £33m they paid Brentford for the forward in 2020. The Mirror understands that Arsenal are interested in Watkins, Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, while they search for a striker to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while they are keeping an eye on the 24-year-old Argentine , because they want to strengthen the full-back positions in the upcoming window. Any offer for Molina will likely involve Pablo Mari, who is currently on loan at Udinese from Arsenal but could complete a permanent Serie A transfer this summer. Arsenal are reportedly accelerating their efforts to sign youngster Aaron Hickey from Bologna Scot continues to receive plaudits from the European press. Hickey, 19, has emerged as a potential upgrade for Nuno Tavares, who has received mixed reviews during his debut season in north London, as a summer target for Gunners technical director Edu. Reports in Italy claim talks between Arsenal and Bologna are imminent and a £17million price tag has been touted. Aaron Hickey of Bologna FC and Ainsley Maitland-Niles of AS Roma jump for the ball during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Bologna FC at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 01 May 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Mohamed Elneny appears to be signing a new contract with Arsenal after an Egyptian national team staffer released a tweet congratulating the midfielder ahead of time. Elneny has been in great form lately ahead of his current contract, which expires on July 1st. Guardiola wants to keep Sterling Pep Guardiola wants Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract with Manchester City this summer following interest from Arsenal. The Gunners are one of the clubs keeping tabs on the England striker, who is out of contract in June 2023. Guardiola wants to keep Sterling but negotiations won't be easy, according to Fabrizio Romano. Raheem Sterling could be sold to Man City this summerGabriel Jesus is believed to be one of Arsenal's top transfer targets this summer. The arrival of Erling Haaland at Manchester City and the fact that Jesus is about to enter the final year of his contract makes him an achievable goal - especially if Arsenal qualify for the Champions League. Mikel Arteta has worked with Jesus at City and Gunner's sporting director Edu in touch with the Brazilian forward's representatives. One to keep an eye on. Arsenal target Cody Gakpo shared a touching moment with PSV fans about what could be his last spell with the club. The 23-year-old winger is believed to be a top target for the Gunners, especially this summer. Nicolas Pepe's future looks uncertain. And the Dutchman may have signed off after spray-painting a sheet that appeared to depict a contract, in what fans took as a symbolic gesture ahead of his departure. Tammy Abraham continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer. Roma manager Jose Mourinho admitted he wouldn't stand in the way of the Englishman should he decide to return to the Premier League, despite only seeing him less recently than 12 months.There are sure to be many developments at Abraham throughout the day so watch this space!Hello and welcome back to Arsenal transfer news with Mirror Football.We'll bring you all the news, rumors and updates as soon as they to be published....

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Latest Premier League results and goals in Crunch Clash

Tottenham vs Arsenal LIVE: Latest Premier League result & goals in thrilling clash - Follow all the action as Spurs and Arsenal battle for a place in the top four (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Tottenham vs Arsenal LIVE: Latest Premier League results and goal updates in thrilling clash Tottenham host Arsenal in one of the most exciting north London derbies in recent memory tonight. Both clubs are battling for a spot in the top four of the Premier League and tonight's result could determine who will feature in next season's Champions League. Spurs are four points behind the Gunners going into the game and a win would close the gap to just one point. In the second half of the season earlier this season, Tottenham went down 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium but now they can inflict their own home win on their north London rivals and take a step closer to the top four. It is fitting that the final takes place as the Champions League spot is contested between such fierce rivals, but Arsenal will arguably be more anxious to return to the European top flight after clinching it for the first time in 25 years last season completely missed out on European football. Mikel Arteta's men have been given a boost ahead of the game as Ben White is likely to return to help the Gunners reach the Champions League as a win over Spurs would see the clubs unassailable seven points. Follow all the action from the north London derby as Tottenham host the Gunners: Arsenal qualify for the Champions League if they win. Tottenham four points behind Gunners in fifth place. 19:48 , Michael Jones 3 min: It's very loud in the stadium because the fans create a rocking atmosphere. Arsenal started quickly and Eddie Nketiah is confident enough to take on the Tottenham defence. 19:46 , Michael Jones Arsenal get the game going and work the ball high down the right side of the field where Eddie Nketiah misses an early free-kick to Tottenham. 19:43 , Michael Jones Here come the players. This is a big game for these two teams, the winner could end up in the Champions League next season. Arsenal know three points will be enough for fourth place. Tottenham know a win will narrow the gap to just one with the Gunners with two games left. 19:40 , Michael Jones Almost time for kick-off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Can Spurs defeat Arsenal and keep the race alive for the Top 4, or will the Gunners emerge victorious next season and secure Champions League football? 19:36 , Michael Jones Antonio Conte has won just one of his eight games against Arsenal as manager, all of which have occurred during his tenure at Chelsea. 19:33 , Michael Jones Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off and explained his decision to add Bukayo Saka to today's Arsenal squad. He said: "Bukayo Saka trained yesterday and he felt good, so he's in. “We always prepare to win and that's what we want to do tonight. We have come this far by doing what is our strength and we will continue to do so.” 19:30 , Michael Jones Harry Kane is the top scorer in Derby North history with 11 goals in 16 games -Londons in all competitions. 19:25 , Michael Jones Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both have a chance to become the first Englishmen to score for the Gunners in home and away games against Spurs in a season since Ian Wright in 1993-94. How Mikel Arteta sparked Arsenal's assault on the top 4 19:21 Michael Jones Arsenal are close to ending a five-year wait for Champions League football as their win over Leeds cemented their place in the Premier League top 4. The Gunners will return to Europe's elite competition if they win at Tottenham on Thursday night, while Mikel Arteta continues to turn a season that started in the worst possible way. Arsenal were at their lowest point in the Premier League, without a point or a goal, and went on break for the international game in September but are now close to a top-four finish. Here we look at how Arteta managed to initiate such a recovery. How Mikel Arteta sparked Arsenal's attack on the top four 19:17 , Michael Jones The four goals Eddie Nketiah has scored in his last four top flight games are just one short of his first 52 Premier League games. 19:13 , Michael Jones Son Heung-min is just the second Tottenham player to score 20 Premier League goals in a season without a penalty, emulating Gareth Bale in 2012-13 (21). He has scored both (12) and was involved in (17) more high-profile goals than any other player in 2022 and after failing to score or provide an assist in any of his first nine league games against Arsenal, Son has three goals and two assists made appearances in his last four north London derbies. 19:09 , Michael Jones Arsenal have gone seven league games without conceding a goal since beating Aston Villa 1-0 on March 19. 19:01 , Michael Jones Victory for Arsenal would guarantee them their highest Premier League result since the 2015-16 season when they finished second. It would also be the first time they've been above Spurs since. The Gunners have gone on to four straight league wins and conceded at least once in every game for the first time in a streak of five from February–March 2012. Greatest North The London derby in a decade will decide the future of Arsenal and Tottenham 18:57 , Michael Jones In the run-up to Thursday, Antonio Conte was "super animated" and keen to ensure his players were ready to romp into it . He used a few small motivational techniques and stopping that game in January was mentioned, as was home support. That's what Conte is best at. Tottenham's performance in big games has been the most positive aspect of his short tenure so far and one of the main reasons he lets them fight for the top four. Mikel Arteta's arsenal has improved even in big games, but their season has been all about winning the games they should - which is why they don't necessarily have to win this one. That's Spurs' need, but it's a difficult balance to strike. 'Balance' is itself a word that has returned to the discussion surrounding the north London derby as both clubs face their biggest game of the encounter in around a decade. North London's biggest derby in a decade will decide the future of Arsenal and Tottenham. However, Spurs have won four of their last five league home games and have scored at least three goals in each of those wins. 18:49 , Michael Jones Antonio Conte makes just one change to the Tottenham side who faced Liverpool last time out. Davinson Sanchez replaces Cristian Romero. Mikel Arteta names an unchanged team from the one that beat Leeds 2-1. Bukayo Saka is fit enough to start but Ben White only makes it to the bench. 18:45 , Michael Jones – Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 12, 2022 18:40 , Michael Jones In his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta was asked if the pressures of the derby are different as a manager than as a player and he replied: “ The win factor is always the best feeling! Of course, as a player and as a coach it's different, but every opportunity isn't just about winning, it's about how you win those games and the experience you get in the 90 minutes, especially when you're playing at home in front of your crowd." He also spoke about the prospect of managing the Gunners in front of a packed crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, saying: "It's different because the history of North London, we all know it, and what it means to our fans. After that it's a football pitch with a lot of noise and a crowd that will be thrilled to support their team and we'll also have our supporters behind the team for sure.” 18:35 , Michael Jones Antonio Conte knows that derby games one of the most intense matches and describes the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham as "special". He said: "The derby is always a difficult game. There are many derbies in London and of course the rivalry with Arsenal is very strong. "It's a special derby. You have to try to do your best from start to finish, be focused, be highly concentrated, enjoy the game too, but you have to know that this derby is very important for us and for the table." 18:30 , Michael Jones Spurs are unbeaten in their last seven league home games against the Gunners, their longest streak since losing nine games unbeaten at White Hart Lane between 1960 and 1968 for the first time in a five-player streak from 1987 to 1989 Martin Odegaard determined to help Arsenal achieve the Champions League 'big goal' by 18:25 Michael Jones Martin Odegaard has been limited to the Champions League spectator role this season - but he wants to finish by guiding Arsenal to victory at Tottenham on Thursday night. A win for the Gunners would ensure their return to Europe's elite competition after a five-year absence with top-four fate in their own hands - even if they lose for a third consecutive season in N17. Boss Mikel Arteta has urged his players to fully do the job ting a North London derby double for the season and Odegaard admits the squad has briefly watched some memorable Champions League nights. Martin Odegaard is determined to help Arsenal reach the 'Big Goal' of the Champions League 18-20 Top 4 still alive is an incredible achievement. He said: "It's a massive game. We're talking about a game involving two important teams, Tottenham and Arsenal. It'll be interesting to see how we finish this game for sure. Arsenal, they certainly have the same idea to try to score points and get a place in the Champions League and they are doing it very well. At the same time, we and my team are on the right track. To get to that point with three games to go, with an opportunity to fight for a great performance, we have to be proud and try to get the best possible result until the end.” 18:15 , Michael Jones explained Arsenal in a press conference yesterday -Boss Mikel Arteta on his goals for taking the team forward and what it's like to live with the pressures and expectations of running a club like Arsenal. "It's about excitement and opportunity," he said, "and when you have that in football you have to go and deliver and do it. That's the attitude we all have. "It's not about the pressure, it's about the inner belief that tomorrow is the day and we want to achieve what we deserve." When you have the opportunity to achieve one of your goals this season, you can't wait to do it Playing game because this is a job and the work you have done throughout the season trying to earn it. 18:10 , Michael Jones Tottenham have won three consecutive home derbies in north London in all competitions for the first time since 1980-82 and only the second time in the league. They did so between 1960 and 1961. Arsenal meanwhile are aiming to complete their first league double against Spurs since 2013-14. 18:05 , Michael Jones Tottenham are unbeaten in three Premier League games after losing 1-0 at home to Brighton on April 16. They have accumulated five points in that time, having beaten Leicester City at home and played against Brentford and Liverpool. If Spurs can take three points against the Gunners tonight, they'll have relatively easy games against Burnley and Norwich as they push for a top-four spot in this run. Last time out, Eddie Nketiah scored a brace in the first 10 minutes against Leeds and the Gunners were able to maintain their lead and win 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Newcastle and Everton follow and could prove tricky opponents, with manager Mikel Arteta looking to secure fourth place with a win tonight. Tottenham vs Arsenal: Who has the best games remaining in the top 4 run-ins? 18:00 , Michael Jones The race to qualify for next season's Champions League is still ongoing ahead of one of north London's biggest derbies in recent memory. Arsenal are on pole position and can secure a place in the top four in the Premier League with a win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night. Tottenham need a result to keep their hopes alive but have improved drastically since Antonio Conte was appointed. Chelsea's place looks secure after their win over relegation-threatened Leeds, with only one remaining spot likely to be up for grabs. The Independent has analyzed both clubs' remaining games to see where the race could be won and lost. Tottenham vs Arsenal: Who has the best run-in in the top 4 race? 17:55 , Michael Jones' Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga are all set to miss the game for Spurs and coach Antonio Conte is expected to pick the same starting XI who secured a draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Arsenal's Bukayo Saka and defender Ben White face fitness tests ahead of the game but could be included according to manager Mikel Arteta, but Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are definitely out. 17:50 , Michael Jones Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the message to his players is clear if they beat Tottenham in tonight's north London derby they will qualify for the Champions League. Ahead of the game, he said: "The message is clear, if we win against them we're in the Champions League next season." You don't need motivation or telling them anything more than that. The opportunity is there, we will play and try like we always do. That's how we got into this position, and that's how we're going to approach it. Conte on his first North London derby 17:45 , Michael Jones Tottenham manager Antonio Conte explained how he felt as a team manager in his first North London derby tonight and the importance of getting a positive result against Arsenal achieve. "It's my first North London derby and I know very well what this game means for this club and our fans." He said: "We need to be very clear on what it means for us at this moment for the table too . "We're fighting for a place in the Champions League, we're in this race with Arsenal. "At the same time I want to try and keep our fans happy, they deserve that kind of satisfaction in a tough game, a derby against Arsenal." 17:30 , Michael Jones Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the north London derby, as Tottenham Arsenal welcome and have a place in next season's Champions League at stake. The Gunners travel to Spurs, who sit fourth in the Premier League table and four points clear of their rivals. If they win tonight, they will be seven points clear of Antonio Conte's men and with just six points left to play after tonight, they will qualify for Europe's biggest competition. Tottenham know they have to win. If they can get three points they have a real chance of finishing ahead of Arsenal and have at least a week left in the race. The other motivating factor is a desire to avoid Arsenal securing the Champions League at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium, which is pretty much a worst-case scenario for Spurs.

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side end the home season with a rout

Rangers defeated Ross County 4-1 in their final home game of the season; Goals from Scott Wright, James Tavernier, Fasion Sakala Jr. and Amad Diallo sealed the win; The Gers have the Europa League final next Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst'sEuropa League finalists Rangers bid farewell to Ibrox for the season with a routine 4-1 win over Ross County. On a night when Old Firm rivals Celtic officially regained the Premiership title with a 1-1 draw with Dundee United in Tannadice, the Light Blues kept things rolling towards Sevilla. Attacker Scott Wright opened the scoring in the 13th minute before skipper James Tavernier won and converted a penalty in the 28th minute. Although Staggies substitute Jordan White closed the gap with a terrific finish in the 72nd minute, Rangers substitutes Fashion Sakala and Amad Diallo struck late. While there is one final league game against Hearts in the Scottish Cup on Saturday in Tynecastle, Rangers are concentrating entirely on the Europa League final against Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt next Wednesday evening, before taking on the Jambos at Hampden Park three days later. Rangers had long since come to terms with losing their title, but questions about that are for another day. Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst returned to a very strong line-up after numerous changes for Sunday's home win against Dundee United. Allan McGregor, Calvin Bassey, Glen Kamara, John Lundstram, Joe Aribo - again playing as a false nine - and Ryan Kent returned, while 18-year-old midfielder Alex Lowry made his second start. County manager Malky Mackay made four substitutions, including top scorer Regan Charles-Cook, while Dominic Samuel, Joseph Hungbo, Jack Burroughs and Keith Watson came to the visiting side, who spent most of the game in backcourt. In the eighth minute, county goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw brilliantly blocked a close-range shot from Lundstram after an assist from Aribo. A left corner from left-back Borna Barisic was headed in by centre-back Connor Goldson to volley Wright from six yards into the goal. Rangers continued to play in County's half, looking left and right for goal number two, which came from the penalty spot. Tavernier played a one-two with Lowry in the box and was tripped up by defender Alex Iacovitti. The prolific full-back scrambled to his feet and deflected the penalty past Laidlaw to score in his third straight game, taking his tally for the season to a remarkable 18. Traffic stayed one-way and five minutes before the break terrific block by Dingwall defenseman Jake Vokins denied Aribo's shot from Wright's cut-back test on Laidlaw. Leon Balogun and Diallo replaced Barisic and Aribo early in the second half, and in the 52nd minute Balogun's header from Tavernier's deep free-kick bounced off the post, allowing the Highlanders to escape punishment. Goldson headed a Tavernier corner over the bar 10 minutes later but by then much of Rangers' momentum had evaporated and they were caught when White, who came on for Ross Callachan on the hour, curled a shot from 20 yards past McGregor, to inject some fear into the stands. But Sakala, who came on for Kent after 61 minutes, headed in a Tavernier corner to make it 3-1 before Bassey set up Diallo for a tap-in seconds from time. We started the game very well. We should have scored more than two goals. In the second half we made changes and brought them back into play. In the last 15 minutes we scored two extra goals. “I see a lot of talent in Alex Lowry. He's one of those players who are here to play and be important in the future. He's moving well and can play in midfield and on the flanks.” I think Ryan [Jack] is doing better and I'm hoping to get him back on the training ground this weekend. It's a European final, if we can have Kemar and Ryan on the bench then we have to take the chance. “I think the biggest difference [in the title race] is that they [Celtic] have more points. We had a good time in the league and their winning streak was long. We have to be ready and recover if we start from scratch. We have to fight to get another title."

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Fans traveling to Seville for the UEL final must be club ambassadors, says Stewart Robertson

Rangers fans are advised not to go to Seville without tickets to the final; Stewart Robertston urges traveling support to respect Spanish city; the Europa League final will not be beamed back to Ibrox; Rangers play Eintracht Frankfurt on May 18th (Author: Gardener)

SevilleRangers chief executive Stewart Robertson has told the thousands of fans traveling to Seville to "respect the city" as he revealed it will not be possible to beam the Europa League final back to Ibrox. Tens of thousands of fans will make their way to Spain to watch the club's first European Cup final in 14 years since the UEFA Cup defeat by Zenit St. Tens of thousands of fans will make their way to Spain to watch the club's first European cup final in 14 years years since the UEFA Cup defeat by Zenit St. “To fans with or without tickets, the message is go and enjoy yourself, go and enjoy the opportunity. I remember thinking in 2008, 'Am I going to see Rangers in a European final again?' and here we are," Robertson said. Go and enjoy the opportunity, go and be a good ambassador for Rangers. "We're going to a beautiful city, Seville, going and enjoying the city, but let's go and doing it the right way, the right way. Robertson revealed that Rangers are in talks with UEFA and the Spanish authorities about a fan zone for those who don't have tickets in Spain. He said: "It There are talks with UEFA about different fan zones and hopefully we can set one up for fans traveling without tickets. He said: "It is very unlikely because most of the key people we need to organize and carry out such a beamback will be in Seville." As much as I understand the fans desire to get together in one place and see it, I just didn't think it will be physically possible." Rangers said in a statement Thursday night: "Supporter update: We are In dialogue with the Spanish police, local authorities and UEFA regarding a safe environment for traveling supporters with and without tickets. UEFA has urged fans without tickets not to travel to Seville for security reasons as Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt will only receive 10,000 tickets for the final at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium. "While UEFA understands that there will be fans who have been unsuccessful in their ticket application, fans are strongly discouraged from traveling to the finals without tickets or buying tickets on the secondary market. "To ensure the safety of fans, ticket holders should be aware that controls will be in place at the finals and local authorities in cities will take action against unauthorized resale of tickets. "Any Tickets offered for sale by third parties on the internet (including on social media, marketplaces and secondary ticketing platforms) are advertised in violation of the Ticketing Conditions." UEFA actively enforces, including enforces, its Ticketing Conditions Internet monitoring and will take action (including canceling tickets) if unauthorized advertising is identified. "Fans should also be aware that third parties who offer tickets for sale on the internet, despite charging exorbitant prices for such tickets, often do not own the tickets they claim to have for sale." UEFA aware of the demand for final tournament tickets may result in counterfeit tickets entering the secondary market, as has been the case with previous final tournaments. Fans are advised that such counterfeit tickets will not be permitted entry into the stadiums."

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Enjoy Seville but respect Seville

Stewart Robertson says the Europa League final will raise the club's profile. (Author: Gardener)

Enjoy SevilleRangers chief executive Stewart Robertson has urged fans to enjoy every moment of the team's Europa League final and wants the city of Seville to create a positive impression of the club and its fans. The Ibrox club meet Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday's showcase game, the first time a Scottish side has played in a major European final since 2008. The semi-final win over RB Leipzig sparked a rush from fans to book travel and accommodation for the Spanish final ahead of the game at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium, despite Rangers having been allocated just 9,500 tickets. UEFA has advised fans without access to the game not to travel, but Robertson said he was expected to have "tens of thousands" of fans in Seville. He said he hopes everyone enjoys a memorable trip and urged everyone to respect the city and local people. "My message to fans, whether with tickets or not, is to join the occasion," he said. "I remember thinking in 2008, 'Am I going to see Rangers in a European final again?' And here we are, it's fantastic. We're going to a beautiful city in Seville, so go and enjoy the city, but let's go and do it the right way. “Respect the city, respect the locals. There will be people going about their day to day business and I remember Glasgow when Leverkusen and Real Madrid were in Glasgow and it was a great atmosphere that day. "People's daily lives will be disrupted, but hopefully we'll minimize that and do it in a positive way so that when we leave, local people have a positive impression of Rangers." Eliminated in Champions League qualifying before embarking on a Europa League trip where they went through a tough group before knocking out Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade, Braga and RB Leipzig. Robertson said that while the prize money and associated revenue would make a big difference and could strengthen the squad and develop infrastructure at the club, he believes the reputation boost could be huge for Rangers as well. "The run we've had now is probably a little more money than we would have had by qualifying for the Champions League," he said. I think being in a European final makes the club much more attractive. “Financially it has been a fantastic addition to what we budgeted for, allowing us to look at strengthening the team over the summer and moving forward with the infrastructure projects we still need to do around the stadium and training ground. So it was a fantastic boost for the club's finances."

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